For those who know steamed stuffed bun, Chinese teas and moon cake , the upcoming Mid-autumn Festival might also be a familiar thing to them. Ditto, the related tales, origin and customs. However, there are still many people not knowing a thing about it all over the world. In view of this, we, not only as an online Chinese tea provider, but a Chinese culture disseminator, are under the obligation to give a brief introduction of Min-autumn Festival.
The Mid-autumn Day with the Spring Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Tomb-sweeping Day are called the four traditional festivals for the Han nationality. According to historic data, the name of the Mid-autumn Day stems from the fact that ancient emperors stuck to a custom of worshiping the sun in spring and the moon in autumn and the date of worshiping moon is the 15th of August of lunar calendar which is just the at the middle point of the autumn season(July\August\September)
Like the rest of the four traditional festivals, the Mid-autumn Day has a series of characteristic customs.
Worshiping the moon:
in the ancient times, folks would set a table on which some sacrifices like moon cakes, watermelons, apples and grapes were placed, worship the moon one by one and then cut out the moon cakes at the night of the Mid-autumn Day. Even to this day, it is still one of the indispensable activities for the whole family to sit around a table and admire the beautiful, brilliant and full moon.
Eating moon cakes:
as the proverb says, “the Moon of the 15th of August is full, the moon cakes of the Mid-autumn Day is aromatic and sweet.” Originally, moon cake was just a kind of snack. However, people gradually combined worshiping the moon and moon cake together with moral of family reunion and longing for someone and it is an important gift for friends to increase affection.
People gathered together in public places where a lot of lanterns on which riddles were written were hung and guessed these riddles. This activity was very popular among young boys and girls and produced many love stories, so it is also regarded as a form of love between men and women.
Tales: There are more than one tale surrounding the Mid-autumn Day, of which Chang’e Flying off to Moon is the most famous one: In the ancient past, there was a hero named Hou Yi who was excellent at archery. His wife was Chang'e. One year, the ten suns rose in the sky together, causing great disaster to people. Yi shot down nine of the suns and left only one to provide light. An immortal admired Yi and sent him the elixir of immortality. Yi did not want to leave Chang'e and be immortal without her, so he let Chang'e keep the elixir. But Peng Meng, one of his apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the fifteenth of August in the lunar calendar, when Yi went hunting, Peng Meng broke into Yi's house and forced Chang'e to give the elixir to him. Chang'e refused to do so. Instead, she swallowed it and flew into the sky. Since she loved very much her husband and hoped to live nearby, she chose the moon for her residence. When Yi came back and learned what had happened, he felt so sad that he displayed the fruits and cakes Chang'e liked in the yard and gave sacrifices to his wife. People soon learned about these activities, and since they also were sympathetic to Chang'e they participated in these sacrifices with Yi.
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